Professor Remi Sonaya, Presidential candidate of KOWA Party in the 2015 General Election, has urged Ekiti women to square up with men in the 2018 Governorship Election in the state and beyond.
Sonaya spoke at an interactive seminar organised by a non-governmental organisation, Mothers and Beyond International (MBI).
The forum that drew participants from various sectors had as its topic, “Impact of Women in Politics,” also featured Prof. Modupe Adelabu, former Ekiti State Deputy Governor; and Iyaloja of Ado-Ekiti, Chief Omowaye Oso.
In her remarks, Mrs. Bolaji Egbeyemi-Olagbaju, the MBI Executive Director, disclosed that the forum was meant to encourage women to take active part in politics and stop receiving inducements from male politicians.
About 300 of the participants enjoyed free eye treatment, cataract surgeries and received free eyeglasses courtesy of the organisers.
The female politician urged women to brave the odds and seek elective positions saying they stood a better chance to change the worrisome political culture in Nigeria.
Sonaya said women are underrepresented in governance in Nigeria and called on participants to aspire for political positions in the forthcoming polls.
She expressed sadness that Nigerian politics was still highly monetised that she said should not discourage women from participating.
Prof Adelabu, former Ekiti deputy governor; Iyaloja, Mrs. Oso; and Mrs. Margaret Fagboyo, Department for International Development (DFID) official, urged participants to always support women candidates at elections.
Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Raji, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), on his part called on women to rein in their children as the July 14 governorship poll drew nearer.
The electoral umpire urged women in the state to prevent their children from being used as political thugs and instruments of violence.
Raji, who was represented by INEC Public Relations Officer, Mr. Taiwo Gbadegesin, disclosed that a total number of 62,863 females and 62,880 males had so far registered in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.
He urged women to come out and register for to participate in electing leaders of their choice at the forthcoming governorship election and general elections.
The electoral chief added: “Women, you are mothers, please talk to your children not to be used to foment trouble at the forthcoming governorship election.”
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